Xhaka hoping Alexis stays, thinks Ozil will


Granit Xhaka says he’s hoping Arsenal can keep hold of Alexis Sanchez this summer and praised Mesut Ozil for helping him settle in England.

Speculation is rife that the Gunners’ star duo, who are both out of contract at the Emirates in 12 months time, could be sold when the transfer window opens next month.

It’s a situation that threatens to cast a shadow over Arsene Wenger’s shadow with Xhaka admitting that Sanchez has the qualities to play for any team in the world.

“I hope [Alexis doesn’t leave], of course,” the Swiss told Sport Bild [translated by Sport Witness] in Germany.

“He has qualities on the pitch which are incomprehensible. He has made many goals, and is also enormously important outside.

“Alexis can play with every world team – just like Mesut Ozil.

“I have been able to play with many great players, but these two stick out.”

On whether Ozil will stay, Xhaka added: “I think so. I owe him a lot, he helped me a lot at first.”

The 24-year-old also reflected on his debut season at Arsenal; one that ended with him making 46 appearances and an FA Cup medal.

“I had the second most games in the squad, I couldn’t expect more personally.

“Unfortunately, we have missed our goal of coming in the top four, although we have made four points more than last season when Arsenal finished second.

“But I think we can be satisfied with the last third of the season, and winning the FA Cup has given us and our fans a bit more.”

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